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  Strike gives kids a day off school
Updated 17 July 2002, 11.08
Thousands of children will be off school because of the strikes
Thousands of children have got a day off school because of a massive strike.

Lots of schools have had to shut for the day because council staff have stopped working for 24 hours.

This includes people like dinner ladies, caretakers, classroom assistants and library staff, which some schools can't run without.

More pay

Children get a day off school because of the strikes
Lots of leisure centres, libraries and museums will be shut too, and rubbish won't be collected.

Around 1.2 million council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have refused to work because they want more pay.

They'll be setting up pickets outside council offices around the country and holding rallies in towns.

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